This Friday from 6-9, Graven Feather Studio & Gallery presents the opening reception of the Bees (& The Birds) exhibition. This group show features the work of over 40 artists who are all working towards the same goal – to raise awareness and funds for at-risk pollinators.

The idea began with a collective desire to mobilize Toronto’s vibrant artistic community in a way that could promote positive action and urban health. The event’s curator, local artist and Art That Moves blogger Christine Pensa, says, “Most of the world’s plants and food supply rely on pollinators like the bees to survive. Bee population decline is a big problem and we wanted to do something to bring awareness to the issue, as well as raise a little money to contribute to the cause. Every entry is a bee or pollinator-inspired piece that explores the place of these alchemist creatures in our world. In this way, our art can make a difference for our community and for our world.”

The opening reception is free of charge, and 10% of all net proceeds, including sales, will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation’s bee program.

Bees (& The Birds) will run until June 27 at Graven Feather Studio & Gallery located at 906 Queen Street West, at the Northwest corner of Crawford and Queen.